The Clarendon Fund Scholarships
Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Graduate (masters, doctoral)
Provider: OUP: The Clarendon Fund
Country to Study in: UK
The Clarendon Fund, University of Oxford’s flagship scholarship scheme and sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP) are available for all full-time and part-time graduate degrees at the University of Oxford.
Clarendon Scholarships are awarded to graduate students from all around the world on the basis of academic excellence and potential across all degree-bearing subjects at graduate level at the University of Oxford.
As from 1st September 2011, all postgraduate applicants for entry into Oxford University will be eligible for the prestigious Clarendon scholarship funding which has, up until 2011, only been open to international candidates with overseas fee status.
Clarendon Scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit and potential to graduate students from all around the world, regardless of nationality. Clarendon scholars come from all continents in the world: Africa, North America, Australia, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Scholarships are tenable in all subject areas and are open to candidates who apply for a new Master’s or DPhil course, including students who are currently studying for a Master’s degree at Oxford but who will be re-applying for a DPhil.
All applications must be by the January admissions deadline.
Selection criteria vary slightly depending on the subject area and whether applicants apply for a taught or research degree, but include:
- An excellent academic record is essential: A high first class honours degree or its equivalent (a GPA score of at least 3.7 if the mark is out of 4, noting that most successful candidates achieve a score higher than 3.7) or an outstanding academic record at Master’s level is necessary (noting that an outstanding Master’s degree can compensate for a moderate first degree performance). Other indicators of high academic achievement may include individual marks on student transcripts; evidence of previous university prizes or awards; information on your overall position within your cohort; and publications (if applicable).
- Aptitude for the proposed course of study: This may be assessed by reviewing academic references, the research proposal, demonstrated evidence of aptitude for research, and the likelihood the scholar will contribute significantly to their field of study.
- Student motivation: This is assessed through evidence of the applicant’s commitment to their proposed course, evaluated by the personal statement and referees’ reports.
Citizens of ALL countries worldwide
University of Oxford, Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Fields of study
All degree-bearing subjects/courses of study can be funded by a Clarendon Scholarship. This encompasses all full-time and part-time Master’s courses, and all DPhil programmes.
Please note that Postgraduate Certificate and/or Diploma courses are NOT eligible for this award.
Number of awards
Approximately 140 scholarships are available every year
Award is offered for the full period that you are liable to pay tuition fees to the University, which is usually the same as the length of your course. It is important to note that the Scholarships are subject to an annual renewal process based on satisfactory academic progress.
All Clarendon Scholarships cover tuition and college fees in full and a generous annual grant for living expenses, normally sufficient to cover the living costs of a single student living in Oxford.
Method of Application
You are automatically considered for a Clarendon Scholarship when you apply for graduate study at Oxford University. Application for study may be to a full- or part-time master’s or DPhil course. You do not need to submit any specific additional documents for the Clarendon Scholarships and there is no separate scholarship application form.
You do need to apply by the January application deadline for your course in order to be considered for the scholarship. More information on graduate course applications, including the timing of admission offers and college offers, can be found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this scholarship award.
If you apply for a full- or part-time master's or DPhil course at Oxford by the January deadline for your course, you will automatically be considered for a Clarendon Scholarship.
Applications for entry in 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 September 2016. If you wish to be considered for Clarendon, you must apply before the January deadline for your course. The January closing date for Graduate Admissions is 20 January 2016 (or 6 January for Medical Sciences, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations).
The information that you provide with your Application Form for Graduate Study at Oxford will be used to assess your suitability for the Clarendon funding application. Once the application deadline has passed, you are not able to provide any additional supporting materials (unless the department you are applying to has specifically requested this in support of your application for admission to Oxford).
From 1st September 2011, all eligible postgraduate applicants are offered the prestigious Clarendon scholarship funding. In its 10th anniversary year (as at 2011) of the founding of the Clarendon Scholarships, this change saw the Clarendon Fund further strengthened as a flagship university graduate scholarship financial opportunity, offering the widest possibilities for attracting matched funding from donor partners within and outside the University.
Application Deadline: 6 / 20 January 2017
Open to International students: Yes
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